1. Articles in category: Cardiology

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    1. Method for treating vascular occlusion

      Disclosed herein is an intravascular catheter system for crossing a severe or total arterial occlusion; particularly, a steerable intravascular catheter providing a working element and the optical guidance thereof in crossing an occlusion. Also disclosed is a method of crossing a severe or total arterial occlusion with a steerable catheter working element under optical guidance.
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      Mentions: LuMend, Inc.
    2. Energy delivery catheter and method for the use thereof

      A catheter comprising a flexible tube having a proximal portion and a distal end portion. The proximal portion comprises a first or working lumen and a second lumen for a guidewire. The distal end portion consists of a small-diameter flexible tube having a single lumen. The catheter has a tapered transition portion interconnecting the proximal and distal portions, in which the first and second lumens have openings communicating internally of the catheter to the single lumen in the distal end portion. Coupled to a proximal end of the catheter are means for inserting an ultrasound or optical fiber into the ...
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    3. Intravascular catheter system for treating a vascular occlusion

      An intravascular catheter system for crossing a severe or total arterial occlusion includes a steerable intravascular catheter providing a working element and an optical guidance system. The optical guidance system is realized by an optical member with may include an imaging shaft that is rotated and measured by a motor/encoder assembly or which may include an optical switching device connected to a plurality of optical fibers. The working element may include a plurality of opening members that are actuated by an external plunger.
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      Mentions: LuMend, Inc.
    4. Catheter system and drive assembly thereof

      A system (2) includes broadly a catheter assembly (6) and a drive assembly (4). The catheter assembly includes a hollow sheath (20) housing a connecting element, typically a drive cable (22), with an operative element, such as a transducer (24), towards its distal end (26). The drive assembly is adapted to move the connecting element longitudinally within the hollow sheath. The drive assembly includes a main body (8) to which a proximal assembly, such as a rotary drive assembly (16), connected to the proximal end (28) of the connecting element, is mounted for longitudinal movement along the main body. The ...
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    5. Rotatably connecting optical fibers

      A connection includes an interventional medical device having a rotatable optical fiber, an assembly having a conduit for conveying a light beam to the rotatable fiber as well as a rotor and a fixed housing, and a coupling. A drive mechanism is attached to the rotor for continuously rotating the rotor. The coupling includes a rotatable portion attachable to a proximal end of the rotatable fiber and to the rotor so as to permit the rotatable fiber to rotate continuously with the rotor while the rotatable fiber remains in axial alignment with the light beam. The coupling also includes a ...
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    6. Rotatable connecting optical fibers

      A connection includes an interventional medical device having a rotatable optical fiber, an assembly having a conduit for conveying a light beam to the rotatable fiber as well as a rotor and a fixed housing, and a coupling. A drive mechanism is attached to the rotor for continuously rotating the rotor. The coupling includes a rotatable portion attachable to a proximal end of the rotatable fiber and to the rotor so as to permit the rotatable fiber to rotate continuously with the rotor while the rotatable fiber remains in axial alignment with the light beam. The coupling also includes a ...
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    7. Enhanced accuracy of three-dimensional intraluminal ultrasound (ilus) image reconstruction

      A method for imaging an organ or internal structure within a body to obtain three-dimensional reconstruction of the organ or internal structure. The method includes steps of providing an intraluminal ultrasound imaging system capable of obtaining echographic images of the surrounding of a catheter imaging tip located inside the body of a patient. The method also provides a catheter tracking system comprising at least one ultrasound transducer mounted adjacent the imaging tip of an intraluminal ultrasound catheter for insertion into a patient, a plurality of transducers located away from said intraluminal ultrasound catheter so as to form a reference frame ...
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    8. Device for controlled longitudinal movement of an operative element within a catheter sheath and method

      An operative element mover (22) is used as a part of an ultrasound imaging or other catheter system (2) including a hollow sheath (6) and a case (16) housing a rotary driver (10). A drive cable or other connecting member (8) is disposed within the sheath with a transducer (24) at its distal end (26) and its proximal end (12) coupled to the rotary driver. The rotary driver rotates the transducer about the longitudinal axis (14) of the sheath. A hemostasis valve (50) anchors the sheath to the patient where the sheath enters the patient. The transducer mover (22) is ...
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    9. Manual actuator for a catheter system for treating a vascular occlusion

      Disclosed herein is manual actuator for retracting and advancing a therapeutic working element of an intravascular catheter system via an actuation shaft or one or more pulling wires. The manual actuator includes a hollow cylindrical bracing member having an open proximal end and a distal end, and a hollow cylindrical retracting member, the retracting member being slidable, in a telescoping fashion, into the open proximal end of the bracing member. An actuation shaft is secured near to the proximal end of the retracting member and the distal end of the actuation shaft is secured to the therapeutic working element. Alternatively ...
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      Mentions: LuMend, Inc.
    10. COMPANY NEWS;BOSTON SCIENTIFIC TO ACQUIRE EP TECHNOLOGIES

      The Boston Scientific Corporation said yesterday it was acquiring EP Technologies Inc. in a tax-free stock transaction valued at about $150 million. The deal marks the third time in as many months that Boston Scientific, which is based in Natick, Mass., has acquired another maker of medical instruments or therapeutic equipment. EP Technologies, of Sunnyvale, Calif., makes advanced catheters and systems for use in minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat abnormally rapid heart rates, known as tachyarrhythmia. Boston Scientific shares slid $1.125, to $40.625, on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Shares of EP Technologies were off ...
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    11. Optical Coherence Tomography

      A technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been developed for noninvasive cross-sectional imaging in biological systems. OCT uses low-coherence interferometry to produce a two-dimensional image of optical scattering from internal tissue microstructures in a way that is analogous to ultrasonic pulse-echo imaging. OCT has longitudinal and lateral spatial resolutions of a few micrometers and can detect reflected signals as small as approximately 10(-10) of the incident optical power. Tomographic imaging is demonstrated in vitro in the peripapillary area of the retina and in the coronary artery, two clinically relevant examples that are representative of transparent and turbid media ...
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